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Alumni Open Day 2004: Welcome back to UCL

30 July 2004

UCL's President and Provost, Professor Malcolm Grant, will welcome all former students to attend UCL's Alumni Open Day on Saturday 9 October 2004, a day of thought-provoking debate and lectures with the opportunity to gain insight into some of UCL's current exciting projects.

Alumni Open Day 2004 Events kick-off with a reception at 11.30am, hosted by Professor Grant.

Many of UCL's current academic staff will be taking time out to ensure that Open Day is a fulfilling experience for the alumni in attendance. Dr Negley Harte, Senior Lecturer in History and co-author of 'The World of UCL 1828-1990', will host a tour entitled 'The Secret World of UCL', introducing alumni to interesting and little known facts of UCL history. Dr Craig Ritchie (Psychiatry & Behavioural Sciences) will host a lecture entitled 'Alzheimer 's Disease: Hope for the Future?', while Dr Andrew Coates of UCL's Mullard Space Science Laboratory will discuss Europe's first solo mission to Mars.

One of the many highlights of Open Day is the afternoon panel discussion chaired by Professor Grant. This promises to be a lively debate on UCL's most significant impacts on world society. The panellists, a mix of alumni and academics, include: Dr Raj Persaud (Psychology 1983; Medical School 1986), psychiatrist and broadcaster; Professor Michael Spyer, Vice-Provost (Biomedicine) and Dean of the Royal Free & University College Medical School; and Professor John Aiken, Director of UCL's Slade School of Fine Art.

Events wind up in the evening with a wine-tasting session and the main reception and dinner, complete with special guest speaker. UCL's Grant Museum of Zoology & Comparative Anatomy, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, and Art Collections will also be welcoming visiting alumni throughout the day.